Uninspected Passenger Vessels

There are two types of uninspected passenger vessels defined in Title 46 Subchapter C of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The 6-pack and the 12-pack.

The 6-pack is the most common type of uninspected passenger vessel. This is a vessel of less that 100 gross registered tons (GRT), which is about 65 feet or less depending on the vessel, carrying 6 or fewer passengers for hire. The operator of a 6-pack must hold a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsement as Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) or higher.

  • To qualify for an OUPV endorsement you must be able to document 360 days of experience in the operation of vessels. If 90 days of this experience is on ocean water you will receive a near coastal route on the endorsement, otherwise it will be limited to inland waters.

The 12-pack is a vessel greater than 100 GRT carrying 12 or fewer passengers for hire. The operator of a 12-pack must hold an MMC endorsement as Master with an appropriate tonnage limitation for the vessel. Since most 12-pack are from 101 to 199 tons the most common endorsement is Master 200 ton.

  • To qualify for a Master 200 ton near coastal endorsement you must be able to document 720 days of experience on vessels that includes: at least 360 days on oceans, 360 days as master or mate while holding an endorsement as master, mate or OUPV, and either 180 working on vessels greater than 150 tons OR 360 days working on vessels greater than 100 tons.
  • To qualify for a Master 200 ton inland endorsement you must be able to document 360 days of experience on vessels that includes 180 days as master or mate while holding an endorsement as master, mate or OUPV and either 90 days working on vessels greater than 150 tons OR 180 days working on vessels greater than 100 tons.

DD

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About Dennis

Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
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